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HP Officejet 7610 review

Simon Handby
28 Sep 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
184.21
inc VAT

A smart and competent A3 MFP for the office, but duplex printing is a £50 option

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The HP Officejet 7610 is a relatively compact and attractive device capable of A3+ printing, A3 scans and copies and standard A4 faxes. It has both wired and wireless network interfaces, and supports wireless printing from mobile devices via Apple's AirPrint or HP's own ePrint standards. It's easy to set up, although the installer ends by asking for your postcode and an outline of how you'll use the printer; an unwelcome, unnecessary and obligatory intrusion.

HP Officejet 7610

HP's print and scan interfaces aren't the best we've used, as they tend to be oversimplified at the expense of functionality. Although they're fine for everyday work, potential frustrations include a lack of truly advanced options in the scan driver and the need to enter the advanced print settings to select borderless or maximum-resolution printing. The print driver's layout page also seemed unaware that double-sided printing is a £50 option: it allowed us to send a duplex print job, which then printed single-sided.

HP Officejet 7610 - Print Driver

HP's print driver is a bewildering place if you want to change certain options; this 'informational' list about print resolution served only to confuse us

Fortunately the device itself is a pleasure to use, with responsive touch-sensitive controls and the ability to multitask. It can, for example, scan to a USB drive while delivering a network print job. The one slight frustration we encountered was that it automatically applied a firmware update between queued print jobs instead of waiting for a period of inactivity.

HP Officejet 7610

Mono print speeds were brisk, reaching a peak of 17.4 pages per minute (ppm) in Draft mode, while colour speed on plain paper was a steady 4ppm. Scans were quick even over a wireless connection, with a 600 dots-per-inch (dpi) photo captured in less than 30 seconds. We weren't surprised that photocopies took only around 20 seconds in mono or colour, but the automatic document feeder proved disappointingly slow; even a 10-page greyscale copy took two and a half minutes.

HP Officejet 7610

Text was dark and crisp on plain paper prints, and colours were strong and free from obvious graining. Copy quality was also above average, although there was a tendency for colours to look sombre. Scanned images were sharp and more than adequate for office work, although high-resolution images showed signs of unwelcome image processing.

Despite our complaints about HP's software, the Officejet 7610 is a good A3 MFP for small offices. It delivers strong results swiftly and at under 5p per A4 page it’s quite cheap to run. At this price, however, it's a shame that duplex printing isn't standard. The Brother MFC-J6510DW may be uglier, but it has duplex printing and it costs less.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Maximum native print resolution4,800x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution1,200x1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A415ipm
Quoted speed, colour A48ipm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.07m 23s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.010m 17s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size297x626x487mm
Weight16.2kg
Noise (in normal use)47dB(A)
Duty cycle12,000 pages max, recommended 200-800 per month

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA3+
Maximum paper weight250gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity250
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity250
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Linux via download
Other inkjet features6.7cm colour touchscreen
Other inkjet optionsUQ208E two-year, UQ209E three-year and UQ210E four-year onsite warranty extension available

Buying Information

Price£184
Consumable parts and prices£9 each
Price per colour A4 page3.2p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge400 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)330 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.hp.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges4
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges4

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview10s
A4 document at 150dpiFail
A4 document at 300dpi12s
6x4in photo at 600dpi27s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi1m 28s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.019s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.022s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.03m 33s

Photo Features

PictBridge supportNo
Borderless printingA3+
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsUSB flash drive
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution600x1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution4,800x1,200dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution300x300dpi